Monthly Archives: October 2012

Blue Rodeo releases 8-disc box set

Blue Rodeo has announced that it is releasing an 8-disc box-set entitled “Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993″ through Warner Music Canada. Blue Rodeo is one of Canada’s most well-known bands. The box-set includes remixes and remasters of their classic first five albums along with demos and other rare tracks. Fans can also buy each of the five [...]
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How to Read Schematics and Build a Simple Circuit

A few people have written in to ask if I could post a guide on how to read the distortion pedal schematics on this site.  For this article, I am going to briefly describe the various symbols found on the schematics and show you how to build a very basic circuit. The circuit we are [...]

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DS-1 Mods

The Boss DS-1 is a relatively easy distortion pedal to mod if you have moderate electronics ability.  The pedal is cheap to buy and has a  simple circuit that produces a decent quality distortion.  Although the mass-produced Boss DS-1 is one of the most popular distortion pedals on the market, the circuit has many options [...]

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MXR Distortion Schematic

This schematic is for the MXR Distortion + Pedal. This is a simple circuit originally designed in the early 1970′s. If you have some electronics skill and the ability to read electronics schematics, you can mod, fix and build your own versions of this pedal. Try replacing the diodes for a more fuzzy sound or [...]

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MXR Distortion

The MXR Distortion + is a distortion pedal that produces a range of sounds from a very mild distortion to a tube overdrive sound to a crunchy sustained fuzz.  The pedal is used for a variety of guitar styles in the rock and metal genres. Picture of the MXR Distortion + History of the MXR [...]

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TubeScreamer Schematic

This distortion pedal schematic is for the Ibanez TubeScreamer TS-808. If you have electronics skill and the ability to read electronics schematics, I would suggest trying to mod one of these, fixing one, or even building a custom version of one from s…
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Ibanez TubeScreamer

The Ibanez Tubescreamer is a distortion pedal that is very popular for blues guitar playing but is also used for country as well as different styles of guitar solos.  The pedal is an overdrive pedal that lends itself well to playing with a tube amp at loud settings.  The TubeScreamer has many different variations including [...]

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PROCO RAT Schematic

The following distortion pedal schematic is for the original ProCo Rat.  This circuit is very close to the BOSS DS-1 circuit. This is a very popular design for modding, customizing or building your own distortion pedal.  Some of the popular mods include resistor mods for reducing gain and thickening the bass of the sound, adding [...]

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PROCO RAT2

The ProCo Rat2 distortion pedal is an updated version of the original Rat that is suited for rock, blues, punk or jazz.  It has the classic Rat tone.  The Rat2 is the most widely sold of all the Rat distortion pedal models. Picture of the ProCo Rat2 History of the ProCo Rat2 The original ProCo [...]

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BOSS DS-2 Schematic

The following distortion pedal schematic is for the Boss DS-2 distortion pedal. Boss named this distortion pedal accordingly as it is basically a DS-1 which additional “turbo” circuitry which produces a heavier distortion. This circuit is a little more advanced than the DS-1. If you have advanced electronics skill, you could fix this distortion pedal [...]

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